Weekly Harvest Newsletter
Sustainable Agriculture News Briefs - May 15, 2019
Weekly sustainable agriculture news and resources gleaned from the Internet by NCAT staff for the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture website. The Weekly Harvest Newsletter is also available online.
News & Resources
- Video Series to Help Train Next Generation of Vegetable Crop Workers
- State Farm to School Policy Handbook Available Online
- Neem Oil Product Found to Contain Synthetic Pesticides
- Farmers' Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota Released
- USDA Announces Dual-Use Grain/Graze Insurance on Great Plains
- University of California Hires Cooperative Extension Specialist Dedicated to Organic Agriculture
- Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program
- Southern SARE Research & Education Grant
- Conservation Innovation Grants in California
- North Carolina A&T Small Farms Field Day
- Grazing 102
- Cut Flower Workshop at Dripping Springs Garden
News & Resources
Video Series to Help Train Next Generation of Vegetable Crop Workers
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is offering a new, weekly, 26-episode video series on its YouTube channel. A team from California's public universities with agricultural programs has created a series of videos designed to spark interest and begin training future farmers and ag workers in sound agronomic, economic, and environmental stewardship skills. The videos depict state-of-the-art technologies and techniques from around the world and from urban farms.
Related ATTRA Publication: High Tunnels in Urban Agriculture
State Farm to School Policy Handbook Available Online
The National Farm to School Network has released State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018. The Handbook summarizes and analyzes bills and resolutions introduced in state government. It also includes case studies on successful farm to school advocacy efforts in Hawai'i, Michigan, New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Vermont, and provides additional resources for advocates and policymakers. The publication is online in PDF.
Related ATTRA Publication: Tips for Selling to Institutional Markets
Neem Oil Product Found to Contain Synthetic Pesticides
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has notified consumers that "Triple Action Neem Oil Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Insecticide, and Miticide" contains synthetic pesticide active ingredients not listed on the product label. Laboratory testing confirmed the presence of malathion, chlorpyrifos, and permethrin. The product is manufactured by Southern Agricultural Insecticides Inc. in Palmetto, Florida, and is approved by the Organic Material Review Institute for use on organically grown commodities.
Farmers' Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota Released
Farmers Legal Action Group and Minnesota Farmers Union have posted a 32-page PDF, Farmers' Guide to Solar and Wind Energy in Minnesota. The free online resource is intended as a starting point for farmers who are considering large-scale solar or wind projects and can also be useful to farm advocates, farm attorneys, and others.
Related ATTRA Publication: Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm
USDA Announces Dual-Use Grain/Graze Insurance on Great Plains
USDA Risk Management Agency has announced that the Annual Forage pilot program now offers a Dual Use Option in select counties of six Great Plains states. Producers can insure their small-grains crops with both an Annual Forage Policy for grazing and a multi-peril Small Grains Policy for grain. The option is available in counties where RMA considers "grain/graze" a good farming practice in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Related ATTRA Publication: Crop Insurance Options for Specialty, Diversified, and Organic Farmers
University of California Hires Cooperative Extension Specialist Dedicated to Organic Agriculture
University of California Cooperative Extension has hired the state's first Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture. Long-time UC Santa Cruz researcher Joji Muramoto will lead a statewide program to support organic growers, focused on production of strawberries and vegetables. Muramoto says he plans to address soil fertility and the organic management of soil-borne diseases.
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Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP). This program supports projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and nutrition assistance by providing incentives at the point of purchase. Approximately $41 million is available, across five types of grants: 1. GusNIP Pilot Projects; 2. GusNIP Projects; 3. GusNIP Large Scale Projects; 4. Produce Prescription; and 5. Nutrition Incentive Program Training, Technical Assistance, Evaluation, and Information Centers.
Applications are due by June 10, 2019.
Southern SARE Research & Education Grant
The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting applications for the 2020 Research & Education Grant Program. Applicants have a choice of whether they want to submit a systems research-based pre-proposal, or an education-based pre-proposal. SSARE is looking for systems research pre-proposals around $300,000, though smaller proposals are also welcomed, and Education pre-proposals around $50,000. The grant is open to anyone in Southern Region agriculture interested in conducting education and outreach activities for the benefit of the greater sustainable ag community.
The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is June 7, 2019.
Conservation Innovation Grants in California
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is accepting proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants. Up to $500,000 is available for one- to three-year grants. The maximum award for any project is $75,000. Funding priorities are listed online. Eligible applicants include state and local government, non-governmental organizations, Tribal governments, eligible private business, and individuals.
Proposals are due by June 10, 2019.
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North Carolina A&T Small Farms Field Day
June 8, 2019
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hosted by Cooperative Extension, Small Farms Field Day is an annual, free event that showcases ongoing agricultural research and demonstration projects. The focus is sustainable agricultural practices that help small- and limited-resource farmers make more profit.
June 21-22, 2019
Purdue Extension presents Grazing 102, designed to help producers understand important concepts needed to make a management-intensive grazing program work for them. There will be hands-on activities, pasture walks, and field tours.
Cut Flower Workshop at Dripping Springs Garden
June 23, 2019
Join Heifer USA for an all-day workshop with organic gardener Mark Cain. Enjoy live demonstrations and a farm tour. Participants will learn about production techniques for cut flowers, bouquet making, harvesting tips, marketing approaches, and more.
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